School praises ambitious Stawell pupil for chasing her dreams

PROUD: St Patrick's Primary has praised Bonnie Mellor's efforts in the Horsham Arts Council's production, Annie. Picture: Peter Pickering

PROUD: St Patrick's Primary has praised Bonnie Mellor's efforts in the Horsham Arts Council's production, Annie. Picture: Peter Pickering

Stawell’s Bonnie Mellor has starred in the lead role in Horsham Arts Council’s production of Annie.

The show opened to a sold-out crowd on Friday night last week. 

Bonnie’s principal Liz McIntyre said the St Patrick’s Primary was extremely proud of her efforts. 

“As a principal who has seen Bonnie take on her talents and making the most of these opportunities and achieving, it is important for the school and wider community to celebrate it,” she said.

 “It is important to acknowledge student success and their talents, this is something we really try and encourage here.”

Ms McIntyre said Bonnie’s dedication to the Horsham production showed other children what they could achieve when they persisted with their passions and challenged themselves. 

“Bonnie is so young and it shows that you can achieve anything once you have put your mind to it,” she said. 

“The teachers and staff here are really excited for Bonnie.

“It reflects well on our performing arts program, we encourage creativity through Bonnie’s experience children can see that how important that is.”

Tickets for the show’s nine performances have been quickly snatched up, with every show now sold out.

Producer Simon Dandy said it had been a great reaction.

“It can’t get much better than that,” he said.

Mr Dandy said ticket sales showed people in the community supported the arts council.

“The musical has ran for four performances so far and all the shows have been excellent,” he said. 

“A lot of the cast are on stage for the very first time, so performing to four sold out shows is fantastic.”

Mr Dandy said a lot of hard work had gone into getting the production to the final stages.

“Everyone was a bit tired in the lead up to opening night, but every show is a new show,” he said.

“It makes it easier to get up there each time when you are performing to a full house and getting standing ovations. It’s a great reward for everyone involved.”

The final five shows will be from Thursday to Sunday.

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